Begins Sept 9
Yoga for Kids and Teens at Eastworks in Easthampton with Karen Orlando begins Wed, Sept 9. Help kids develop healthy habits that will last throughout the school year. Improve concentration, sense of calmness & sleep. Develop body awareness & improve self-esteem. Enhance posture, flexibility & coordination. Teen and Mother/Daughter classes are a great way for home school and charter school students to meet their P.E. requirement in a fun, loving, and creative environment filled with opportunities for self-expression. The following classes are being offered for Fall Session 1: Family Yoga Fri 11:15am-12pm & Sun 10-10:45am; Teen Yoga Wed 3:30-4:20pm; Mother/Daughter Yoga on Wed. 6-7pm. Register online @ KarenOrlandoYoga.com (Drop ins welcome!)
On Sunday, September 13, from 2 to 4 pm, the Northampton Community Music Center will host its annual Open House & Instrument Petting Zoo. Come see, hear and try out different musical instruments, meet our teachers, take free demo classes, and enjoy a performance by NCMC’s ukulele choir. NCMC is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1986 with 50 professional faculty members serving more than 800 students annually. NCMC also hosts more than 75 performances and events each year. Programs include instruction in 25 different instruments, choruses, instrumental ensembles, vocal performance classes, recording studio classes, summer programs and special workshops. Financial aid available. For information, call 413-585-0001 or visit www.ncmc.net.
Join us on Saturday, Sept 12, all day, for a meaningful time volunteering with your family and your community! Free and open to everyone!
The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts & Hilltown Families present Family Volunteer Days! Each month, families are invited to attend a monthly volunteer session to help sort food, take part in educational activities, and learn how to take actions to help fight hunger. This is an opportunity for Hilltown Families participating families to volunteer together with their community, engaged in service-based learning while supporting an important local cause! Family Volunteer Days are held once a month and are open to everyone. Our next Family Volunteer Day takes place on Saturday, Sept 12 , al day, Take Action Against Hunger (National Hunger Action Month). Families may stay for all or some of the event. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. Click here to sign up! Hatfield, MA (VOLUNTEER)
Parent of a 12-18 year old? Interested in learning a different way to communicate with your child/teen about difficult subjects? Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a non-judgmental conversation style that uses open-ended questions to foster parent/child connection and encourage youth to make difficult positive changes. John Brelsford, PhD, LMHC has over 40 years of experience in the human service field and is a member of MINT (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers) Join NPC on Sunday, September 13th from 3-6pm at Northampton Survival Center, 265 Prospect Street in Northampton, MA. Light refreshments will be provided. Register at www.northamptonprevents.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Sept 14 & 15
Rosh Hashanah Programming free and open to the public at Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI) in Northampton. On Monday, September 14th, CBI will offer a Rosh Hashanah family program for children ages 2-5 and their caregivers from 10-11am. They will celebrate the beginning of the Jewish year through stories, song and apples and honey! Also, on Monday, September 14th, CBI offers a family service (with instruments) from 10:30am-12pm for ages 6-12 and their families. On Tuesday, September 15th, CBI will run a program for children (ages 2-5) and their caregivers. This will run from 10-11am at Abundance Farm (at CBI) to include a creation scavenger hunt. For more info visit cbinorthampton.org or contact email@example.com.
Begins in Sept
Founded by two Pioneer Valley parents when they lived in Brooklyn, NY, Tinkergarten® has come to Western MA! Tinkergarten provides educational classes for kids ages 18 mos to 8 yrs in the healthiest classroom of all—the outdoors. The program aims to revive the most influential part of childhood — time to tinker in nature. The curriculum is designed to help kids become well-balanced people who can problem-solve, lead, and create. Angela Russo, talented Tinkergarten leader and local mom, is offering Fall classes and free trials in Amherst and Northampton. Learn more about the program and Angela’s classes at http://tkgtn.com/g0ce1. Want to give it a try? Use code hilltownfam15 to save 15% before 9/1. Have questions? Call 805-751-8465.
The 4th Annual Celebrate Amherst Block Party happens Thursday, September 17th from 5-9pm! Organized by the Amherst Business Improvement District with support from major sponsor, TD Bank, the block party is the largest single-day event in downtown Amherst. This free event brings over 6,000 people into downtown to eat, shop, and have fun! North Pleasant Street is blocked off and becomes a playground for street performers, dance performances, delicious food from downtown restaurants, and three stages that feature a DJ and live music performances by local favorites, such as children’s musician Mister G and more! For more details and information, visit www.amherstdowntown.com or contact the BID office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hilltowns History Fair & Conference is back! The Mohawk Trail Regional School on Rt. 112 in Shelburne Falls will be the site of a multi-faceted local history extravaganza on Sat., Sept. 19th. A lively outdoor FAIR is free and open to the public, from 10am-4pm (indoors if inclement weather) with Civil War reenactors, demonstrations of historic trades, children’s area, wagon rides, history-related vendors, and great food and music. A CONFERENCE, with nominal fee, will be held inside from 8:30am-3:30pm―keynote and 18 sessions relating to CT River Valley and hilltowns history. Visit www.marylyonfoundation.org or email email@example.com. Supported in part by MassHumanities, Pioneer Valley History Network and local cultural councils.
Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley presents “The Values We Want to Cultivate In Children and Ourselves” on Sunday, September 20, from 9:30am–4:30pm. Author and psychologist Dr. Chris Willard will explore the cultivation of such values as Generosity, Ethics, Letting Go, Wisdom, Effort, Tolerance, Truthfulness, Determination, Loving Kindness, and Equanimity. Parents, caregivers, educators, therapists, and social workers are all welcome. The suggested contribution is $25-$40 at registration, plus a voluntary donation to Dr. Willard. This talk takes place at Eastworks (116 Pleasant St., Ste 242) in Easthampton, MA. Learn more and register at www.insightpv.org/retreats. 413-527-0388.
Pioneer Valley Ballet is holding auditions for its annual production of The Nutcracker. This opulent ballet performs at The Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton, MA on December 11, 12, and 13, 2015. Roles include Gingerbread, Candy Canes, Trees, and Party Kids. Children 5 – 11 years old are invited to audition. No dance experience needed. Children must be 5 year old by September 12. Advance registration required. Registration and information at www.pioneervalleyballet.org.
Give your precious girl the gift of empowerment. POWER GIRLS, at Valley Women’s Martial Arts in Easthampton, MA combines traditional karate with fun, laughter, creativity & friendship every week at its 1 Cottage Street studio. Class inspires students of all abilities & learning styles to grow in confidence, self-esteem, & social justice awareness. Self-protection skills strengthen mind-heart-body-voice in personal boundaries, calming down, speaking up, being an effective ally, handling a safety emergency & more. Certified, award-winning teachers with many years of local, national & international youth teaching experience. Ages 6-17. Tues/Wed/Thurs afternoons. Safer, stronger, confident, bold: POWER GIRLS! 413527-0101 www.vwma.org
The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts will once again be holding their 5th Annual Will Bike 4 Food charity cycling event on Sunday, September 27th. You have the opportunity to support their community by riding as an individual or forming a team. Starting a team (4 or more) with your friends and family is an easy way to help feed our neighbors in need! With multiple courses to choose from—a 3.5, 10, 25, 50 or 100 mile loop—riders of all ages and levels can get involved. This year’s event will include a new location (Hatfield Lions Club Pavilion), new routes, and the biggest after-party yet with food, beverages, games and live music. To register, or to learn more about Will Bike 4 Food, visit their website at www.willbike4food.org.
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